National University of Ireland: 2021-2022 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    National University of Ireland, the award winning university in Galway offers over 200+ UG and PG programs in over 60 academic disciplines. The renowned university is home to over 18000 students belonging to 115 countries across the globe. Presently, 3000 international students are enrolled in NUI Galway’s UG and PG programs offered through its 16 schools under 5 distinct colleges.

    Admission applications for international UG and PG students are administered internally. Students seeking admission at the university must pay 35 EUR as application fees while making an application to the university.

    The prestigious institution recorded a moderately selective acceptance rate of 86% in the last admission session. A lenient admission policy suggests that students with excellent academic qualifications can easily get accepted in the university. In addition to meeting the general entry requirements, the international students are also required to submit strong recommendation letters, statement of purpose and ELP scores – IELTS and TOEFL.


    Application Portal Online portal
    Application Fee €35
    Mode of payment Credit/Debit card
    Acceptance Rate 86%
    English Proficiency tests accepted IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, PTE
    Intake Rolling basis
    Academic Calendar Semester- based
    Student to faculty ratio 8:1
    Work experience Required in selective courses
    Financial Aid Available
    International admission Helpdesk

    National University of Ireland Admission Deadline

    International students applying to National University of Ireland are required to strictly adhere to the below mentioned application deadlines:

    Program Level Application deadlines
    Undergraduate programs June 1, 2021
    Postgraduate Programs Rolling Basis

    National University of Ireland international Admission

    Out of the total enrolment of 18,000 students, 16% of NUI student population are from 115 diverse countries worldwide. The general admission requirements for both domestic and international students are quite identical. But International students wishing to study at national University of Ireland are required to fulfil certain additional requirements as mentioned below:

    English Language Requirements

    Students from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate minimum English language proficiency by sitting for the following tests and the required securing minimum scores as specified below:

    Test Minimum score required
    IELTS 6.5 overall no less than 5.5 in any component
    Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176
    Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE) 180
    TOEFL iBT 88 overall
    Pearson PTE 61 overall
    Duolingo 110

    Ireland Student Visa

    International students planning to study in Ireland and pursue a degree at National University of Ireland must apply for Ireland Student Visa via the Ireland Naturalisation and Immigration Service website and schedule for an interview with the Irish Consulate in their home country through video conference with the following documents:

    • Letter of Acceptance issued by University College Dublin
    • Academic transcripts from previously attended institutions
    • English language proficiency test results
    • A valid passport
    • Two coloured passport size photographs
    • Health insurance
    • Immunisation records
    • Proof of financial statement

    National University of Ireland Galway Undergraduate Admission

    Students seeking admission at national University of Ireland can choose from over 69 NUI’s undergraduate programs across 60 academic Fields including science, law and business, mathematics, engineering, languages and performing arts.

    Applicants must follow the below mentioned Admission guidelines before applying to the undergraduate courses at the university:

    Application portal: National University of Ireland Online portal
    Application Fee: 35 EUR
    Admission Requirements

    • Copies of high school transcript/examination certificates translated to English
    • Copy of passport
    • Personal statement of no more than 800 words
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • English proficiency test scores

    National University of Ireland Postgraduate Admission

    The National University of Ireland offers over 199 postgraduate programs to international students through its 5 colleges and 16 academic schools. Students applying to the university must adhere to the admission process given below:

    Application portal: National University of Ireland Online portal
    Application Fee: 35 EUR
    Admission Requirements

    • Official academic transcripts of all the previously attended institutions
    • Copy of passport
    • English language competency scores
    • Statement of purpose – 600 words minimum
    • Birth certificate
    • Work experience (if required)

    Top postgraduate programmes offered by National university of Ireland and their respective admission requirements are tabulated below:

    Course Academic requirements Personal Statement CV/ Resume Letters of Recommendation Work experience Interview Non-EU Fees (annual)
    MA Accounting Honours degree in Business or Commerce Not required Not required Not required Not required Not required €16,916
    MSc (Business Analytics) Minimum 55% – 60% in Indian UG degree Required Not required Not required Not required Not required €18,000
    MSC human resource management Minimum 55% – 60% in Indian UG degree in business studies Required Required 2 written references required Considered required €18,000
    MSc Consumer Psychology Second Class Honours primary degree in Psychology (or equivalent) Not required Required Two written references Not required not required €17,200
    MA Journalism at least a Second Class Honours primary degree Required required 2 references are required Required Not required €16,500
    ME (Biomedical Engineering) at least a Second Class Honours in engineering or in a related discipline Required required Not required Not required Not required €23,750

    If the students wish to receive an admission outcome in an early round, they are advised to apply early. To check the status of the application, the applicants may login to the applications portal and check the decision history page. The admissions committee can take at least four weeks to review and evaluate the applications. Upon verification of documents, the applicants might be asked for an interview depending upon the course requirements.


    Ques. Can I make multiple applications for undergraduate courses?

    Ans. No. It is strictly stated in CAO guidelines that no applicant can make more than one application. If you do submit more than one application, a penalty of €10 will be imposed to you

    Ques. Can I change my course if I have submitted my application through CAO?

    Ans. Yes, you can change that. There is the facility of change of mind available for CAO applicants. The last date to do so is 1st July.

    Ques. Is there any option for exceptional late applications? What is the deadline?

    Ans. The applicants who are undergraduate students in any year in one of the participating HEIs can avail the facility of applying exceptionally late. The closing date is 22nd July.

    Ques. Is there a minimum age requirement?

    Ans. Generally, the National University of Ireland Galway requires the applicants to be of 17 years old. If an applicant does not fulfill these criteria, he/she needs to submit a special application to the president of the university.

    Ques. Is it necessary to have a third/modern language for all the courses at NUI?

    Ans. According to NUI guidelines, a third language is required for Arts, Commerce, Law, Medicine , Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry. In order to get entry to Nursing, Engineering, and Science courses(except for Biotechnology), there is no need of a third language.

    Ques. Are scholarships available at NUI?

    Ans. Yes, you can avail scholarships at NUI. NUI Galway Excellence Scholarship is a new scheme planned by the university, which will be beginning from 2021/2022. In recognition of their academic success, awardees of the scholarship will receive €1,500.

    Ques. How can I apply for a postgraduate program?

    Ans. The application process for postgraduate programs is entirely online. Those seeking admissions to PG courses must apply through the university portal only

    Ques. Can I select for multiple courses in one form when applying for PG programs?

    You can select a maximum of two programme choices at the cost of one application. If you wish to select more courses, extra charges will apply.


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    7.7 /10

    Ireland stood out to be the best option for me. I got to know about the college from an online portal. There were many criteria on which I decided to take admission here. Unlike in other countries, the course was cost-effective. I particularly loved the hospitality and the way locals accept and behave with foreign nationals. Therefore, I filled up the application fee of €35, because it stood out to be the option for me.

    Scholarship :

    I managed to secure a fee waiver of €5,000 on my tuition fee. I was given a fee waiver based on my academic scores of Class 10th and 12th which were 87% and 90% respectively.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular


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